Planning and Preparation
A new puppy is a big job and commitment, with a lot to do and plan in advance. Most of the preparations are the same for an adult dog as for a puppy.
Whether you are waiting for a planned canine family member from a breeder or scheduling a trip to a shelter to look for one, you’ll want to be ready. It can make the difference between a smooth or rocky start with your new pup, or success or failure.
Yes, Labradoodles have two different types of coats. A fleece coat and a wool coat. A fleece coat hangs down loosely and has more of a wavy-hair look to it. A wool coat looks like small coiled springs close to the body.
Labradoodles come in three general sizes, miniature, medium, & standard. Their ideal measurements look like this:
Miniature: 14″ to 16″ and weighing under 25 pounds.
Medium: 17″ to 20″ and weighing under 45 pounds.
Standard: 21″ to 24″ and weighing over 45 pounds.
- Make sure to schedule a check-up with your veterinarian within, at the most, 48 hours of bringing the puppy home for the first time.
- Build a fence if you don’t have one already. If you do then make sure to fix it appropriately for the size of your new Labradoodle.
- Ask your veterinarian where to go for puppy training classes. Make sure to do your research on the classes before signing up.
- Decide where your new Labradoodle is going to touch down first. You’ll be spending a lot of time there when you get home at first.
- If you have other dogs or pets, make sure they are spayed or neutered and in good medical condition to meet the new arrival so they don’t get cranky with your new Labradoodle.
- Evaluate and fix any problems that are likely to happen involving neighborhood pets. This way you know your new family member is safe at home.
- Get everyone in your family together to establish rules about your new Labradoodle.
- Teach kids how to handle the puppy appropriately. Puppies are often injured from being dropped.
- Purchase a crate, portable pen, baby gates and any other equipment you need to make sure your new puppy will be safe while learning good habits at all times.
- Buy about three quality chew toys for the appropriate age and size of your new Labradoodle.
- Get a couple of weeks worth of the dog food that your dog has been eating and some new food if your new puppies diet will be changing soon.
- Make sure to get a collar, a leash, and an identification tag with your address and phone number on it.
- Bring your puppy home at the beginning of your time off. This way you can make sure the puppy has time to adjust to its new surroundings.
- Plan on losing some sleep because your new Labradoodle puppy will cry when left alone, left in its crate, or when you are trying to sleep at night. Do not give in to letting it on your bed because then you will have a puppy that wants to do nothing but play when all you want to do is sleep. Also there is a risk of the puppy falling off the bed and getting injured.
- Take a notebook to your veterinarians to take notes on medications, symptoms, test results, and any instructions you might receive from your veterinarian.
- Just like your children, your puppy needs to be put on a schedule. Decide ahead of time who will do what puppy chores around the house.
- Make sure to puppy-proof every room in your house.
- Buy the needed grooming tools for your new Labradoodle puppy.
Labradoodles come in many different colors.